Attended a screening of “Salam Neighbor” at the Chiang Mai University Art Center. The award-winning documentary provides a glimpse into Za’atari, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan; resembling a small town separated into arrondissements and interconnected via a dirt road network. Main street is colloquially referred to as the “Champs-Élysées”.
The film is well-made; capturing some of the stories and raw emotions of those forced to relocate from their homes in war-torn Syria. The star of the film is Raouf, a ten-year-old boy who is very amiable but nonetheless traumatized by the bombings and fightings in his country.
“Salam Neighbor” was directed by Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, both of whom also attended the screening and answered questions afterwards. The event was organized by the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University, in concert with RCSD and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.